Crunch time for Diski stars
Arrows, Sundowns and Polokwane City are each on the brink of glory in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge
Will it be Pretoria, Durban or Polokwane? These are the potential destinations for the MultiChoice Diski Challenge (MDC) title when the second season of the reserve league kicks off in Pimville, Soweto, on Saturday.
The top three sides – leaders Golden Arrows, Mamelodi Sundowns (second) and Polokwane City (third) – all have an equal chance at being crowned the newest MDC champions at the Nike Football Centre.
Before last weekend’s fixtures, Sundowns looked set to claim the honours, but their defeat to Free State Stars let Arrows and City into the contest. Stars can still decide the title. The Free Staters face Arrows, who need an all-out victory to seal it, while Sundowns meet Platinum Stars. City will meet Maritzburg United.
In case you are wondering about where the Soweto giants are in the race, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates are well off the pace – just like the defending champions, University of Pretoria.
But at least the junior Amakhosi showcased a star in the making in striker Emmanuel Letlotlo, who could be next in line to make his way into the senior team after Pule Ekstein ( see box).
The 19-year-old is the Chiefs MDC team’s top scorer with seven goals.
Chiefs are sixth on the log while Pirates are third from bottom.
The two played to a goalless draw in the derby last weekend.
The once-mighty University of Pretoria are placed 13th, a poor standing that mirrors their senior team, who are second from bottom on the Absa Premiership table.
The MDC is the Premier Soccer League’s reserve stream aimed at fasttracking the Premiership club’s Under-23 players into their senior teams.
MDC teams are allowed to field up to three players over the age of 23 in their starting line-ups, but the rest must be under 23.
The MDC champions will win a trip to the Netherlands.